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Gravity Fed Build

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I started out with a pellet pro hopper, I put it in a filing cabinet and loved it. A few years later I got greedy for a bigger and badder smoker. Looking all around at gravity fed smokers I decided this is the route I wanted to go. However the cost of these set me off a bit. So i decided to make my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total time it took me to build was roughly a month, total cost was around $600.


I also bought the BBQ Guru cyber q to control temp and am so happy I did. That thing keeps temp within 1 or 2 degrees of set temp and I can check temps and control it from anywhere with my cell phone. 3 inches of hi temp insulation in the whole thing and more around the fire box. First few smokes through it have been amazing! This past weekend I had the best pork shoulder I've ever eaten and that made me oh so happy. 

 

Let me know what you guys think. 

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I've never seen one in person....  How does the Fire Box work on those things....

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Fire grate is at the bottom with an open area under the grate. There is a charcoal chute that is sealed at the top when closed (but you can open to add more charcoal on very long smokes).  Air inlet is at the bottom below the fire grate and usually has a ball valve to control airflow. Ash from the grate falls into a pan in the open area below the grate.  You can also put hardwood chunks in this pan and they will burn for smoke flavor from the heat of the coals on the grate above.  As the coals burn, ash falls out through the grate and more coals move down from above. Since the air is only at the bottom and the top of the coal chute is sealed the charcoal at the grate level is what is burning, not the entire chute.  Runs for hours like this.

 

That's it in a nutshell.

 

Found this illustration in a google image search.

 

Here is a fairly short youtube video that shows an Assassisan 28" model lighting and gives a decent overview of the charcoal and the interior.

 

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OK....    Now, could a stand alone unit be built for an Ugly Drum Smoker...  maybe...   I suppose it would have to be GURU driven due to the lack of a chimney effect....

 

I'm guessing there is a minimum size for the charcoal vertical tube....  maybe 6" square...    for Kingsford Blue... 

 

Is there somewhere I can find technical info on these.....    You can PM if you like.... 

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My brother bought a stand alone unit from china on ebay and attached it to his home made smoker, an old fuel tank. And it works fine for him. He did have to buy a guru to feed it air but should be the same for a drum.
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Originally Posted by smokinz View Post

My brother bought a stand alone unit from china on ebay and attached it to his home made smoker, an old fuel tank. And it works fine for him. He did have to buy a guru to feed it air but should be the same for a drum.

 

Oh, BTW.....  That smoker is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS !!    wish I was younger...     enjoy it for a long time, and pass it down to someone worthy ......

Thanks much........   2thumbs.gif  ....

 

Dave

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